Apple aims to be among the first TSMC customers to
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Apple aims to be among the first TSMC customers to adopt second-generation 3nm process technology

TSMC will mass-produce 3nm products of the first generation this year, but the recently launched iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max smartphones received a 4nm A16 processor. Next year, TSMC will master the second-generation 3nm process, and Apple expects to be among the first customers to receive components made with it. The A17 processor can be entered in older iPhone models of the next model year.

    Image source: TSMC

Image source: TSMC

This information is being disseminated by the publication citing its own informed sources. Nikkei Asian Review. In addition to the A17 mobile processor, TSMC’s second generation 3nm technology (N3E) may adopt the M3 processor for the Mac family. Both components could be registered in the TSMC pipeline in the second half of next year. If we talk about the first-generation 3nm process technology, then according to Japanese sources, chips based on it could be part of the updated iPad tablets.

Until recently, it was believed that Intel could compete with Apple for the right to be among the first to get access to TSMC’s 3nm process, but recent data says the processor giant has decided to postpone the release of its 3nm products to be postponed until 2024. The second generation of the 3nm process is said to offer improvements in performance and power efficiency over the first generation process, while reducing the cost of manufacturing chips. Semianalysis estimates that TSMC’s first-generation 3nm process will be about 40% more expensive than the 5nm family for a chip of the same area, giving the second-generation ample headroom to reduce costs .

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